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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2022 8:40 p.m. PST

… Confederate General Who Fought the Next War

"The American Civil War is often called the first "modern war." Sandwiched between the Napoleonic Wars and World War I, it spawned a host of "firsts" and is considered a precursor to the larger and more deadly 20th century wars. Confederate Gen. James Longstreet made overlooked but profound modern contributions to the art of war. Retired Lt. Col. Harold M. Knudsen explains what Longstreet did and how he did it in James Longstreet and the American Civil War: The Confederate General Who Fought the Next War.

Initially, commanders on both sides extensively utilized Napoleonic tactics that were obsolete because of the advent of the rifled musket and better artillery. Some professional army officers worked to improve tactics, operations, and strategies. On the Confederate side, a careful comparison of Longstreet's body of work in the field to modern military doctrine reveals several large-scale innovations…"


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doc mcb27 Oct 2022 7:34 a.m. PST

I lost the link years ago, but I once read an analysis of "the ten most devastating attacks" during the war. Longstreet commanded FOUR of them: 2nd Manassas, July 2 Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Wilderness.

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2022 8:31 a.m. PST

This was a good and relatively brief read.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2022 5:56 p.m. PST

Put on my wants list.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2022 3:11 p.m. PST

Happy for that…


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